I am a very experienced professional musician with over 30 years playing and teaching at the highest levels of the UK music industry.
I teach on Skype and/or FaceTime and have some amazing students from just 1 mile from my base to 10,000 miles away in Australia.
I have developed a very successful way of communicating via video and this helps students to be relaxed and play to their full potential.
Many of my students have completed ABRSM/Trinity music exams from lessons given totally online and I have a 100% pass rate.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Saxophone (Jazz and Classical)
- Tell me about your qualifications.
Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA (2013): Jazz Improvisation with Gary Burton (99%)
- How much do you charge?
£28 per hour - £14 per 30 minutes
- Where do you teach?
Tuition is by either Skype or FaceTime. I am fully DBS checked, but strongly suggest that students under the age of 16 have an adult present during lessons. All lessons are recorded for archive purposes.
- When are you available?
Teaching can be anytime that is mutually convenient.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I can teach anyone from anywhere (9 years old to 90 - Brisbane to Bogota!!!) who is able to produce a note from the instrument. I can teach anyone from Grade 1 upwards (even Diploma/Music College/Semi Professional and Professional players).
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I can help prepare students for ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall exams.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Mutually convenient times can be arranged.
Lessons can be 30 minutes or 1 hour.
A fast internet connection of 10Mbps or more is desired.
Any required Lesson materials that cannot be purchased elsewhere are sent in advance via email.
If required a short close up video can be arranged and sent to the student to clarify a technique or student enquiry.
First lesson is free and then the student can either purchase 5 or 10 lessons in advance with payment via the secure PayPal service.
Any lessons disrupted by a loss of connection will be made up at a mutually convenient future time.
- What kind of experience do you have?
Performing Experience Includes:-
Royal Shakespeare Company
RSC CD recording - John Woolf & Friends (2011)
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
UK / European No.1 Tours -
Barry Manilow (Lead Alto Saxophone UK Tours 2000 onwards)
Gladys Knight (Lead Alto Saxophone)
The Four Tops (Lead Alto Saxophone and Soloist)
The Temptations (Lead Alto Saxophone)
The Three Degrees
Frank Sinatra Jnr
Joseph & HisTechnicolor Dreamcoat
Guys & Dolls
Me & My Girl
A Chorus Line
West Side Story
Phantom of the Opera
Singin' In The Rain
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
London West End -
City of Angels (Prince of Wales Theatre)
West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre)
The Shaughraun - dep for Kenneth Edge, original 'Riverdance' saxophonist (Albery) Chicago (Adelphi Theatre & Cambridge Theatre)
The Pyjama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre)
Numerous BBC TV & Radio Sessions (including License Fee Advert Jingles)
Central TV (resident musician Central Weekend late 90's - early 2000)
ITV X Factor Sessions
Numerous independent recording projects for a variety of independent producers (jingles, artist backing, etc).
A Garden Heritage - (Flute Soloist) a collection of BBC â€œGardener's Worldâ€ programmes
Saxophone/Clarinet Soloist - Recorded Music - Theatre Royal, Bath (2016)
Clarinet Soloist - ZDF Television - â€œTanz Mit Mirâ€ - TV Film (2017)
Clarinet Soloist - Recorded Music - â€œDriving Miss Daisyâ€, composer Jon Nicholls (2017)
In addition to a high profile playing career as a â€œdoublingâ€ woodwind specialist, I am currently the saxophone tutor at King Edward VI High School for Girls (KEHS) in Birmingham and, on occasion, provide cover musical direction for the King Edward VI School Senior Swing Band. In September 2014, I took up a position as clarinet and saxophone teacher at The Priory School in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Additionally, I teach clarinet and saxophone at Tettenhall College in Wolverhampton.
I have worked extensively, as a sessional woodwind teacher for Staffordshire County Music (now Entrust), Warwickshire County Music Service and Birmingham Music Service (now Services 4 Eduction), teaching saxophone, clarinet, and flute from beginner to ABRSM/Trinity Guildhall Grade 8 standard.
The wide variety of teaching experience gained through work with music services and hubs has involved Junior, Senior and Sixth Form age groups teaching in both groups and individually.
As well as guiding pupils through both ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall external examinations. I am very enthusiastic to widen a pupil's musical experience by developing a sound technical facility upon their instrument and actively encouraging ensemble playing. With this in mind, I have been responsible for the setting up of many groups within educational environments to promote the skills necessary for playing with others (rhythmic accuracy, intonation, sight reading etc.) and to enable pupils to have an outlet for their hard work and diligence.
As a past member of the award winning Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, I have had the honour of coaching associates of the organisation in not only sectional rehearsals but also as a full ensemble.
The academic year of 2010/2011 saw my active involvement in the Jazz Working Party within the Birmingham Music Service where the task was to accumulate knowledge within the woodwind department to enhance the pedagogy of jazz tuition within the department.
In addition to tuition within educational establishments, I teach, and hold consultations, with a variety of 'private' pupils of all abilities, including some overseas students using Skype and FaceTime technology.
In 2011, I was fortunate enough to collaborate with the world renowned American saxophone player, Eric Marienthal, on producing some apps for the Apple iPhone & iPad which educate pupils across the globe.The first app entitled Play Sax From Day One is aimed at the beginner and the second application entitled Tricks of the Trade focuses on jazz improvisation for advanced students.
The apps have proved immensely popular and this has led to me producing another series of iPhone/iPad apps providing a "playalong" practice facility for pupils learning ABRSM Grade Examination scales for saxophone. Again, these apps have proved popular and have received very positive reviews from users.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an up to date DBS.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of the Musicians' Union.
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